UAS Near Mid Air Collision Reporting


Have You Had a Close Encounter of the UAS Kind?

There has been an apparent increase in UAS/RPA sightings by flight crews of airline aircraft while on approach to a number of airports. Unfortunately, it is difficult for local authorities or FAA to follow up on these reports without specific information about the sighting. Further, it is important for FAA and industry to be able to track the occurrences by location to determine whether the trend in sightings is increasing or decreasing over time.

In order to help in the follow-up following a sighting, we suggest that pilots who experience a sighting file both an ASAP (if applicable) and a Near Mid Air Collision (NMAC) report. A NMAC filing triggers an investigation by the FAA. In addition, the FAA retains and tracks NMAC reports filed by facility, so these reports enable the FAA to monitor NMAC frequency. Without more safety data from pilot reports, the scope of the problem will take longer to address. Reporting a near midair collision is as simple as talking with air traffic control and stating that you have experienced a NMAC. The pilot should clearly state to ATC “I wish to report a near midair collision.” Please refer to AIM 7-6-3 for guidance, and make the report as soon as possible. Your report can provide critical data to make the national airspace system safer for all of us.

What Do I Need to Know About NMACs and How to File a Report?

Read AIM, 7−6−3. Near Midair Collision Reporting. (PDF)

Where to File Reports

Pilots and/or flightcrew members involved in NMAC occurrences are urged to report each incident immediately:
  1.  By radio or telephone to the nearest FAA ATC facility or FSS.
  2.  Reporting to FAA NMAC website
Reporting a near midair collision is as simple as talking with air traffic control and stating that you have experienced a NMAC. The pilots should clearly state to ATC "I wish to report a near air collision."